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UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG - PostDoc in Earth Sciences, specializing in hydrogeology

Bandi di ricerca e Premi - Pubblicato il 06 Maggio 2017

The Department of Earth Sciences has 65 employees. The department curriculum is designed to educate geologists, physical geographers and geographers. Our strongest research areas lie within climatology, biogeochemisty, petrology/geochemistry and applied geoscience. We have bachelor and masters programs in Earth Science and in Geography as well as third-cycle education in several earth-science specialties.

Subject area
Earth Sciences, specializing in hydrogeology

Subject area description

The announced PostDoc position will be part of the hydrogeology research group, which is led by Prof. Roland Barthel. One focus of the hydrogeology research group is developing strategies for groundwater research at the regional scale in particular in relation to climate change. Other research areas are Urban Hydrogeology, Groundwater in Coastal areas and participatory approaches in integrated water management. The group has access to a large park of field and laboratory equipment (hydrochemistry, geophysics, hydraulic tests), which is shared with other groups within department.

The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to contribute to the groups research activities depending on own preferences, skills and demand. Focus areas may be any of the above mentioned research areas of the group. Contributions may include: statistical analysis of groundwater observations, groundwater flow and transport modelling, groundwater chemistry and isotopical composition, geoinformation systems and remote sensing and geophysics. The research is carried out from a hydro-geological perspective, i.e. starting from the geological framework. The successful candidate may have a preference for investigations in the field, in the lab or modelling.


Job assignments

The successful candidate´s research tasks depend largely on the choice of focus areas described in the previous section. In most case this will require GIS analysis, multivariate statistics and working with databases. Fieldwork and laboratory experiments will be carried out in relation to selected case studies with the help of Masters and Bachelors students, which the postdoctor will co-supervise. It is expected that the postdoctor contributes to publications of the group as author and co-author. The successful candidate will also be invited to develop research proposals to acquire research funding.



To qualify as postdoctor, applicants must have completed a PhD in a subject area relevant for the position or must hold a foreign degree corresponding to a PhD in a subject area relevant for the position. Preference is given to applicants who obtained a PhD no more than three years before the deadline for submission of this announcement. Even applicants with a degree awarded earlier may be preferred if specific reasons exist. Such specific reasons may be a leave due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances. Those reasons have to be specified in the application.



We are looking for candidates with an educational background and PhD degree in earth science with specialization in hydrogeology but even environmental sciences or civil or environmental engineering with focus on hydrogeology can be suitable. Experience documented by appendices showing university level courses, theses, professional practice, publications, etc., proven by respective transcripts, certificates, references, in as many of the following fields as possible is considered valuable: 1) geology, 2) hydrogeology 3) hydrology, 4) geographic information systems, 5) hydro-geo-chemistry with experience in field work and laboratory work, 6) regional geology of Sweden, 7) data bases, 8) (multivariate) statistics, 9) modelling, and 10) programming. Certificates showing courses at university level, dissertations, professional practice, publications etc. should be attached. The task requires good computer skills in general. Excellent proficiency in spoken and written and English is required. Knowledge of the Swedish language (alternative Danish or Norwegian) is an advantage. Experience from working outside academia is welcome.


The application should contain a CV and a cover letter of maximum one page which describes the applicants interest in the announced position and how she/he can contribute to the objectives of the research group. Contact details of at least two references should be provided. Skills and expertise mentioned in the CV need to be documented in corresponding appendices.



The position is full-time for two years, placed at the department of Earth Science starting 1st of August or as agreed upon


For further information:

- Regarding the position please contact

Professor Roland Barthel +46(0)31 786 1953

Head of department Mark Johnson +46(0)31 786 2808


How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in three copies to: University of Gothenburg, Attn: Agneta Johnsson, Box 760, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden, and received at the department no later than on closing date

The application is to be written in English.


Closing date: 16th of May 2017

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